Welcome to CCJ!

The Communication Center Journal (CCJ) is a national, peer-reviewed journal that features research and perspectives relevant to communication centers in higher education.

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CCJ manuscripts submitted for consideration in these sections are limited to 5,000 words, but shorter submissions are welcome.

  • Research
  • Praxis


  • Digital Perspectives from the Center (DPC),
  • Book Reviews, and
  • Excellence in the Center.

The journal also features thematic special sections that focus on broad-based topics of interest to a wide range of readers. CCJ manuscripts submitted for consideration in a thematic special section are limited to 5,000 words, but shorter submissions are welcome.

Only unidentifiable manuscripts can be sent out for peer review. No institutional or individual identifiers should be in the manuscript or on the cover page. Documents should have all identifiable properties removed before they are saved and submitted for review. All manuscripts should follow conventions of APA 6th edition.

Access the CCJ archives here.

About the General Sections


Articles published in CCJ’s Research section focus on communication centers and their situatedness in a larger academic environment of colleges, departments, programs, and student-support and faculty development centers as well as their situatedness in the larger community. Articles should be sufficiently informed by theory drawn from communication and cognate disciplines and should reflect an awareness of extant scholarship.


CCJ also publishes manuscripts describing “best practices” in all aspects of a communication center’s operation and raising communication center issues in the journal’s Praxis section. Essays should be of general interest and significant, and they should be supported by relevant theory and reflect an awareness of extant contributions to center praxis.

Please send inquiries and questions to Dr. Russell Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief, at

About the Ongoing Sections

Digital Perspectives from the Center (DPC)

Submissions for Communication Center Journal’s innovative DPC section take the form of videos, animations, podcasts, Prezis, or other digital productions focused on communication center perspectives. DPC entries are peer-reviewed and offer the opportunity to share research findings, training materials, promotional campaigns, and other insights that are difficult (or impossible) to communicate in other modes or media. Digital products are welcome for consideration in any form. Final products selected for inclusion in this section must be made available by the center or author(s) for publication on the CCJ website.


  • Research: building on current research
  • Praxis: best practices in the center; training materials
  • Reviews: reviews of digital products
  • Promotion: products and campaigns that help promote a center


In order to be considered for the section, submitted material must:

  • Be submitted with a brief narrative explaining the product and its relevance to a particular section (research, praxis, reviews, or promotion)
  • Be accessible to editors (unlisted or public)
  • Contain closed captions for the hearing impaired (if applicable)
  • Not violate copyright and intellectual property law
  • Have permission from the institution and anyone represented in the video

Send submissions to Shawn Apostel at


Kristi Apostel, Smarthinking, Inc.
Landon Kyle Berry, University of Central Florida
Brandy Dieterle, University of Central Florida
Moe Folk, Kutztown University
Matthew Gilcrist, University of Iowa
Karen Head, Georgia Tech
Sohui Lee, California State University Channel Islands
Briana Mauk, Ball State University
Book Reviews

CCJ invites book reviews and scholarly reviews of 750-1,000 words. We welcome inquiries and suggestions regarding potential books to review or titles of particular interest. Thorough reviews will usually include the following:

  • A brief description of the book’s contents.
  • A scholarly evaluation of the book–including its contribution and relation to existing literature and trends in the field, its strengths and weaknesses, and its unique qualities (if any).
  • A brief description of the appropriate audience for the book.

Please forward all book review inquiries to Paul Mabrey at

CCJ - Excellence in the Center

Student staff members (Tutors, Consultants, Coaches) working in communication centers are invited to submit to the Excellence in the Center section of CCJ.

Manuscript submissions for this section should be 800-1000 words and should build on arguments rooted in literature while offering new approaches, interpretations, or extensions of communication center consulting practices. Manuscripts should conform to the journal’s publication guidelines for formatting and style.

Please send inquiries to Lauren Beard at

 Format of Submissions

Manuscripts and DCPs should be submitted electronically online via the CCJ submission portal. Please follow the steps available on the submission site.

All submissions must be the original work of the author/s and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Information about the manuscript’s provenance (e.g. where previously presented) and acknowledgements will appear on “About the Authors” pages and need not be submitted prior to peer review.